Dussehra navaratri festival recipes

Dasara - Vijayadashmi - Indian fasting recipes

Dussehra Navaratri Festival recipes play an important part in making the Dasara / Navaratri festival more enjoyable. Navaratri / Dussehra is celebrated all over India in the month of October every year.

It is the tenth day in the month of 'Ashwin' according to Hindu calendar.

The festival celebration may differ in some ways in every state but the number of days remain same everywhere.

Navarathri (nav - nine + rathri - night) is a nine day festival and the tenth day is known as Vijayadashami (dasha / Das = ten).

In 2023 Navratri

Day 1 - Pratipada - October 15, 2023 (Sunday) - Start of Dasara celebration - Ghatasthapana. Navaratri color of the day - Orange
Day 2 - Dwitiya - October 16, 2023 (Monday) - Brahmacharini pooja, Navaratri color of the day - White

Day 3 - Tritiya,  October 17, 2023 (Tuesday) - Chandraghanta pooja - Navaratri color of the day - Red

Day 4  - Chaturthi,  - October 18, 2023 (Wednesday) - Kushmanda pooja - Navaratri color of the day - Blue
Day 5  -  Panchami - October 19, 2023 (Thursday)  - Skandamata pooja  - , Navaratri color of the day - Yellow
Day 6  -  Shashti  - October 20, 2023 (Friday) -  Saraswati avahan, Katyayani pooja. Navaratri color of the day - Green
Day 7 -  Saptami - October 21, 2023 (Saturday) - Saraswati pooja, Kalaratri pooja, Navaratri color of the day - Grey
Day 8  - Ashtami  - October 22, 2023 (Sunday) - Durgashtami  - Navaratri color of the day - Purple
Day 9 - Mahanavami, Ayudh pooja   - October 23, 2023 (Monday) -  Navaratri color of the day - Peacock Green

Day 10 - Vjayadashami  - October 23, 2023 (Tuesday) -  Durga visarjan-  Navaratri color of the day - Peacock Green

Navratri ends

In Karnataka state -

Dasara is celebrated as "Nadhabba' (means State festival) for ten days. The old capital of Karnataka, Mysore city palace is illuminated all the ten days.

There are cultural programs, music and dance festivals, theater and movie festivals, food festivals, exhibitions are very interesting parts of navaratri and dasara festival.

The whole city of Mysore wears a festive look and there are visitors from other states of India. Many foreigners visit Mysore during this time. Hotels and lodges are full.

The tenth day, the Vijayadashmi day, there is a procession which is witnessed by lakhs of people. Now a days, this procession is shown live on the TV too.

Homes are decorated. Many houses keep 'Golu', a stepped arrangement of dolls for 10 days. Everyday a different item is prepared and distributed to the visitors who come to see the 'golu.'

When we mention a festival, the food associated with that festival comes to mind immediately. Our childhood memories link these foods to the specific festivals. We eagerly wait for that favorite festival to arrive so that we can enjoy those foods in that particular atmosphere.

Of course now a day, you can have any food at any time. But having a particular festival food during the festival itself has a special charm.

Most festival recipes use the ingredients easily available in that particular season and therefore are also healthy for you.

Indian festival food is varied and because of the diversity of the regions, customs the variety is endless. The sweets , the namkeens(savories) are so mouth watering, it is difficult to resist them.

Dussehra - Navaratri recipes

Stir fried Chickpeas - Kabuli Chana sundal - Ghugri

 Made with kabuli chana - garbanzo beans, prepared on festivals such as  Ganesh chaturthi and distributed to the devotees as prasad, also served as a healthy snack.


How to make Chana dal sundal - chickpea - kadale bele

- Made in Karnataka and other south Indian states. Served as a prasad too.

Festival recipe

Snack recipe


- Made in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka.


Sabudana  -  sago vada  for Navaratri fasting - Upvas - Vrat


Ghasgase payasa - khuskhus kheer - poppy seed kheer

A festive kheer / payasa recipe from Karnataka


Moong dal cucumber kosambari

Mung dal or moong dal and cucumber salad

In addition to these, you also have many more festival sweets as well as savories as given below.

Indian Festival Sweets

How to make Besan burfi - Indian dessert

Besan burfi - Indian dessert and festival sweet recipe made with Besan / gram flour/ chickpea flour.

How to make Basundi - Indian milk dessert

This rich dessert is a Maharastrian / Gujarati recipe. Prepare in advance. Keep in fridge for a week and serve when you want.


How to make Kaju katli - Kaju katri - Indian cashewnut fudge

Indian Festival - dessert recipe - Quick and easy to make. Keeps for long.

Carrot halwa - Gajar ka halwaCarrot halwa - Gajar ka halwa

Carrot Halwa -Gajar ka halva

Easy To Make Sweet with Carrots and milk. Keeps in fridge for a week.


Dalia sheera / halwa

 - Healthy breakfast recipe with broken / cracked wheat.

To make it vegan, use coconut oil / vegetable oil instead of desi ghee.

How to make Besan laddoo - Chickpea flour balls

Besan laddo is made with bengal gram dal flour / chickpea flour. A must for traditional festivals such as Diwali festival.


Sheera - Semolina Halwa - Sooji Halwa

- A rava / Semolina / cream of wheat dish. Breakfast / snack / sweet. Known as sajjige, kesari, sanja in Indian languages.

How to make Shrikhand - Srikhand - Hung curd dessert

Festival sweet - Curd/ Yogurt based dessert recipe, flavored with saffron and cardamom.


Gajar ki kheer - carrot kheer

 - Indian carrot and milk based sweet. Easy to make.

Semiya payasam - vermicelli pudding - Sevai kheer - Shavige payasa, Traditional Indian sweet - dessert.

Easy to make and doesn't take a long time. Can keep in fridge for 3 days. Serve hot or cold.


Festival Rice Recipes

Easy to make South Indian rice recipe for festivals, breakfast and when you want a one dish meal.

Sweet coconut rice - Narali bhaat

How to make Sweet coconut Rice - Maharashtrian Narali bhaat 

Sweet rice pudding recipe made on Narali Poornima day in Maharashtra, North Karnataka.


Spicy Mango rice - Mavinkai chitranna

Mango rice made using sour green mango. Recipe from South India.


Festival Raita Recipes

Festival Snack Recipes

Dahi Vada -Dahi Bhalle

A popular yogurt based snack recipe. Good for festivals, summer season and as a party dish.

Known as thyir vade - mosaru vade in south Indian languages.

Batata vada or aloo bonda

Batata vada is a popular snack item made with boiled potatoes and besan / chickpea flour.

Batate vada is served by itself along with chutney or stuffed in a pav/bun to make Mumbai vada pav.

How to make fried poha chivda

- This thick rice flakes recipe is made from thick poha / aval.

Tea time snack recipe

Diwali festival recipe


How to make Thin poha chivda - Rice flakes - aval

made from thin beaten / flattened rice flakes as a easy snack. Diwali festival snack. Keeps for 3-4 weeks.


Puri - Poori  - Delicious Indian Fry Bread

Poori is Indian fry bread, popular all over India. It is made with whole wheat flour.

Serve with potato masala or chutney or pickle or curry.

Ambode - Chana dal vada -

This South Indian dal vada recipe is a spicy snack recipe - Festival recipe, made with split chickpeas

Vegetable samosaVegetable samosa

Vegetable samosa

Vegetable samosa is usually made with potatoes and peas. You may also add some carrot.

Festival Vegetable Recipes

Potato masala subji served with Poori - Chapati - dosa


Aloo Gobi - Potato Cauliflower Subzi

Aloo Gobi Subji - Potato Cauliflower Subzi - quick and easy side dish for chapati - roti.

Avial - Kerala festival vegetable side dish

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